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Shondiin Silversmith

Shondiin Silversmith

Shondiin Silversmith is an award-winning Native journalist based on the Navajo Nation. Silversmith has covered Indigenous communities for more than 10 years, and covers Arizona's 22 federally recognized sovereign tribal nations, as well as national and international Indigenous issues. Her digital, print and audio stories have been published by USA TODAY, The Arizona Republic, Navajo Times, The GroundTruth Project and PRX's "The World." Silversmith earned her master's degree in journalism and mass communication in Boston before moving back to Arizona to continue reporting stories on Indigenous communities. She is a member of the Native American Journalist Association and has made it a priority in her career to advocate, pitch and develop stories surrounding Indigenous communities in the newsrooms she works in.

City of Phoenix commits to leave more Colorado River water in Lake Mead

By: - July 7, 2022

In an effort to keep water levels in Lake Mead from declining at a drastic rate, the City of Phoenix announced that it will leave an additional 14,000 acre-feet of Colorado River water in the lake this year.  Mayor Kate Gallego and members of the Phoenix City Council approved the move on July 1 as […]

The budget includes ‘historic’ funding for tribal communities, but without ‘sovereignty’

By: - July 7, 2022

The record $18 billion budget that state legislators passed last month included a historic $55 million investment in projects on tribal lands. But For Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, the funding is a “drop in the bucket.”  And while it might be a good start, Nez said it comes with strings attached that ultimately leave […]

University of Arizona offers free tuition to Indigenous students

By: - June 29, 2022

The University of Arizona announced that it will cover tuition and mandatory fees for full-time Indigenous undergraduate students.

Havasupai tribe: Pinion Plain uranium mine threatens our existence

By: - June 28, 2022

For decades, the Havasupai Tribe has voiced its opposition against the operation of Pinyon Plain Mine, a uranium mine located about 10 miles south of the Grand Canyon. “As the Havasupai Tribe, we have stood strong continuing the protection of the natural resources in and around the Grand Canyon region,” Havasupai Vice-Chairman Edmond Tilousi said […]

Navajo Nation presidential candidates tackle questions about the Navajo economy during forum

By: - June 23, 2022

Navajo Nation presidential hopefuls gathered at Twin Arrows Casino on June 21 to answer questions about how they would address issues affecting the Navajo economy.  “I think it’s at the forefront of people’s minds,” Change Labs Executive Director Heather Fleming said of the topic. Especially since the Navajo Nation has received funding from the American […]

20 Arizona tribes to receive $135 million for affordable housing

By: - June 20, 2022

Twenty of Arizona’s 22 tribal nations were awarded nearly $135 million in grants by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help increase affordable housing for Indigenous people. “All Arizonans deserve access to safe housing,” said U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in a press release announcing the funding.  “We’re proud to help secure today’s […]

Three Arizona tribal leaders appointed to new Interior advisory panel

By: - June 17, 2022

Tribal leaders from Arizona and across the country will have direct access to advising the U.S. Department of the Interior for the first time in history with the creation of a tribal advisory panel. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland this week launched the first-ever Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee. “Tribes deserve a seat at the […]

Two AZ tribal entities get grants to preserve Native languages

By: - June 16, 2022

In an effort to help tribal nations preserve and revitalize their traditional languages, an Arizona tribe and a Navajo college will receive a portion of $7 million in grants from the Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development. The grants were awarded to 45 American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations as part […]

Department of the Interior launches new program for Indigenous youth

By: - June 13, 2022

Indigenous Youth will get the opportunity to work on conservation projects on public and Tribal lands through the new Indigenous Youth Service Corps program. The IYSC program is a way to help Indigenous youth get set on a path to good-paying jobs while working to tackle the climate crisis, according to the Department of the […]

Indian Affairs accepting applications for Native American Business Development Institute grants

By: - June 10, 2022

The Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development is accepting applications for Native American Business Development Institute grants, which help Tribes determine if a project will create jobs and stimulate economic activity. Results from studies can often help tribes persuade lenders and investors to provide financial backing to help turn their idea into a reality,” the […]

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DOJ updates guide on gender bias for police response to sexual assault, domestic violence

By: - June 8, 2022

The Department of Justice is trying to help law enforcement better recognize, mitigate and prevent gender bias when responding to and investigating sexual assault, domestic violence, and other forms of gender-based violence cases.

Interior Department distributes funds to support recreation and conservation efforts; Arizona receives $5.6 million 

By: - June 8, 2022

The Department of Interior distributed $279 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia in support of state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects.